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Tales of Ancient Rome

Tales of Ancient Rome [Kindle Edition]

S.J.A. Turney
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

A collection of bite-size stories of varying styles all based in the world of ancient Rome. 12 tales of the ancient world, plus a bonus tale to finish.

The second edition contains two new tales not told in the 1st. Laugh, cry and shudder at:

Hold The Wall - Hadrian's wall in the last days of the western empire
Vigil - A comedic tale of firefighting in Rome
*NEW* Rudis - A champion gladiator fights his last fight
*NEW* The Discovery - A Roman trader makes a surprising find in distant China
The man who bought an Empire - The lowest point of Imperial succession
Trackside seats - A slave helps his blind master at the circus
How to run a latifundium - A cautionary tale of estate management
A Reading - What does the future hold in Judea?
Exploratores - Trajan's scouts on the trail of Dacian warriors
With a pinch of salt - A comedic tale of food in Claudius' Rome
The Palmyrene Prince - Rome's eastern border tells grim tales
Temple Trouble - A tale of the early days of Fronto (of the Marius' Mules series)
Bonus tale: Aftermath in the Ludus - A fun finish.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Victrix Books; 2nd edition (2 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00631TX80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,862 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I live with my wife, my son and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, with three tales in each series so far and more planned.

As well as my own website at I maintain a website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph at, and blog at I am an almost terminally chatty person. That's just a due warning if you feel like contacting me (via my website.) I am always happy to speak to people and have just put together an FAQ gathered together from things I have been asked previously.

A last note on reviews: Although I am currently a self-published author and there are a number of similar folk out there, some of whom I count as friends, the reviews I make on Amazon are in no way weighted toward them and I review work as I see it, although I do not review books that I did not like, except when they are part of a series with other, better reviews - so do not expect to see many 1-3star reviews. In the same way, I hope the reviews I recieve will be based on an individual's personal experience with my work and not biased for or against by outside influences. Please be fair with reviewing - I do not endorse nepotism.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Short Reads 24 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having never really read short stories, I bought this on a whim as I love anything to do with Rome. The 12 stories are great little reads and varied. My personal favourite was about the Roman fire-fighter, but all were really good.

Definitely a surprise and am very happy to recommend this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good! 30 Nov 2012
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I somehow missed that this was a book of short stories, some very short. However, Turney has a way of making you feel you really know the character in each story. Each story is elegantly written and you feel transported to a different time and place. I will be looking for more books by this author.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, especially for free 4 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I would recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction, even more so if your a fan of Roman Historical fiction. Not a fan? Then I would still say it's worth a read.

If you have already read any of the Marius' Mules series you will know what to expect. If you haven't then you will need no knowledge of the series to enjoy this collection. I was worried when I realised that the stories were venturing away from the world and characters S.J.A Turney has created in his other books but I need not have worried. The first story, about a little skirmish at Hadrian's wall, very quickly cleared any doubts that I had.

There are 12 stories in all with my favourites being the initial one and the one about the chariot race but I would be more than happy to read any of them in isolation.

Still not made your mind up? It's free so why not give it a try and see for yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Freebie 24 Nov 2013
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Free kindle book from SJA Turney. Quick stories with a splatter of humour. Filled in a train journey to work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic crime fiction 27 Oct 2013
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It came as freebie and I fully enjoyed it. I will look out for more by this author, I even don't mind paying for it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 Oct 2013
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Great read for someone interested in historic novels of the time!
Will be looking for other books from the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 9 Oct 2013
By Anna
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One with the best books I have ever read. Please just try it and you will love it.
A very good purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great short stories 7 Oct 2013
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I dont normally read short stories and in some ways this book reminds me why. It is so well written I want each to develop into a full length novel and feel disappointed when they end so quickly.
As an introduction to the skills of the author,or for situations where you have limited time available, this is an excellent book to have on the kindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
some moving tales, all very well written
Published 9 days ago by dunelmensis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice endings!
A really lovely series of stories written by someone who obviously knows the history of the settings and doesn't keep hitting you over the head with 'facts' to prove it - just easy... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bernadette McDade
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising pleasure
A casual purchase that turned into a deeply enjoyable read. A pleasant combination of well written short story, quickly established characters and plots with a satisfying twist,... Read more
Published 21 days ago by P. Glynn
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
excellent service, great product, timely dispatch, great customer care. have added seller to my sellers list and will look for new products.
Published 1 month ago by always what you wanted
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little book
A great little read I would recommend stories have great twists. If you like roman stories get this It was also free
Published 2 months ago by Tommie
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Ancient Rome
A collection of short stories which individually stand alone and make very enjoyable reading. I have not read this author before but certainly will in the future.
Published 3 months ago by acorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read on Kindle
Fantastic - I rarely go for this type of historical story but it was recommended by my son Robin (Parmenion) and so I went for it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary Kersey
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good book to read. this was got for my nephew, he loves to read.he likes it. Good way of learning about the old Rome
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read. A bit light in places.
Well researched but definitely not a page turner. will appeal to anyone interested in ancient history
Published 4 months ago by brooks fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Games in Ancient Rome
A cracking read - Tales of gladiators, soldiers, emporers and vestial virgins lavished with underhand goings on in ancient Rome and a quirky twist of humour. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sebasta
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